Empowerment Workshops Encourage Youth to Pursue their Career Dreams

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Thanks to our strong partnerships with local volunteer groups, this year we have had the opportunity to present youth with empowerment workshops at our Highland Park Family Resource Center. These events inspire and educate participants about how to explore and pursue their career interests.

In February, Junior League of Los Angeles hosted a day of Young Women’s Empowerment, where participants gained inspiration from a panel representing a diverse array of career paths.

The speakers included Children’s Hospital pediatric pharmacist Dr. Elsie Jalian, novelist and screenwriter Margaret Rose Lester, chef Nora Sandoval, and film industry professional Sommerly Simser. Each shared her story about following a dream towards a rewarding career. The young women were able to ask them questions and interact one on one.

These youth also had a chance to experience a special “Tell Your Story” workshop facilitated by The Plus Me Project, a journaling exercise to reflect on how they might transform personal interests into future careers.

Young men in our programs were invited to a special Young Men’s Empowerment workshop presented by Eunity Tree. These amazing volunteers curated a panel of speakers for the young participants to learn about careers options and think about their own paths.

Legal professional Eniola Leyimu shared, “If you can think about it, you can do it.”

Participants had the chance to ask questions about the speakers’ journeys and advice on how to start their own.

Financial advisor, Chris Boche encouraged the young men to, “take control of the power of your actions.”

Also on the panel was Rich Dokunmu, UCLA anesthesiologist and entrepreneur, founder of Rule Madoks fashion brand. Together these three mentors created a space for youth to inquire and explore. Each went home with an assignment – to write down steps they could take to accomplish their career goals.

Thanks so much to Junior League of Los Angeles, The Plus Me Project, Eunity Tree and our speakers for making these events possible and supporting young people to make their dreams a reality.

If you’re interested in volunteering at Hathaway-Sycamores, please email Stephanie Barreiro.

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